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Trail Volunteers   

Volunteers Needed

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Gorges State Park in partnership with Friends of Gorges is constructing a New Interactive Trail at the park Visitor Center.   This short, easy, all age friendly trail is being sponsored by the Friends of Gorges. We need YOU to make it a reality by May 1st 2018!
 
Scheduled Work Days:
February – 10, 14, 17, & 21.
March – 21, 24, & 28.
April – 11, 14, 18, 25.
 
9:00am to 4:00pm each day. Or Whenever YOU can make it !
 
Contact Information:  To sign-up contact Patricia at:828.966.9099 or patricia.riddle@ncparks.gov
                                    For more information contact Steve at 828.966.9099 or steve.pagano@ncparks.gov
 

 Posted on: Sunday, January 28, 2018 - 2:23pm
Gorges Spring ART Show   

The Friends of Gorges State Park is pleased to announce its first spring art show May 18 – 20. 2018 hosted by Gorges State Park. Located in the beautiful mountains of western North Carolina our fine art show will focus exclusively on the landscape and wildlife of this area. Acceptable media will include painting, fiber and photography. There will be no cost to the artists and all works may be exhibited for sale to the Park visitors.

 

The show will be located in the Park's Visitors Center which is open to the public everyday except December 25. The Auditorium and Classroom will be used for the artist setups and will be secured during show off hours. Exhibitors will be required to provide their own setups with chairs and a table available from the park.

 

Artists interested in exhibiting may receive more information by contacting events@friendsofgorges.org or visiting www.friendsofgorges.org.

 Posted on: Thursday, February 8, 2018 - 12:18pm
TRAIL ADVISORY   

All trail users are urged to use caution on ALL Park Trails.  The winter has been extremely wet with rain totals already over 20" since January 1 !   Trails are extremely wet, soft, and slippery.  Please becareful  , stay on designated marked trails and watch your footing.

 Posted on: Sunday, February 11, 2018 - 2:18pm
Trails

Offering rugged terrain that will challenge any outdoors enthusiast, visitors who traverse the steep, backwoods trails of Gorges State Park will be rewarded with views of dazzling waterfalls or perhaps an encounter with one of the numerous rare species of the park. However, some of the more secluded areas of the park are not recommended for casual hiking.

One of the park’s most popular pathways is the Foothills Trail. Established by Duke Energy, the trail winds along the southern portion of the state park and wraps around Lake Jocassee, where primitive campsites are available. The trailhead is located at the Frozen Creek access area in Rosman on Frozen Creek Road. This area provides parking, picnic areas and trailheads.

 

Auger Hole Trail
Location: Use the Frozen Creek Access on Frozen Creek Road, in Rosman. This access provides a picnic area and trail head for equestrian, mountain biking, and hiking trails.
Description: The Auger Hole Trail cuts directly through the heart of the Park. Horses and mountain bikes are permitted on the Auger Hole Trail from the Frozen Creek Access to Turkey Pen Gap on the western boundary of Gorges State Park. Horses and mountain bikes are not permitted beyond Turkey Pen Gap. This trail also serves as a connector from Frozen Creek Access to the Foothills Trail. There are two low water crossings that must be waded across along the trail, one at the Toxaway River and one at Bearwallow Creek. Under normal conditions the water level is about knee deep. However, water levels can rise unexpectedly with high rainfall making these crossings impassable. Downed trees and landslides are another hazard hikers should be aware of. The terrain is steep with thick vegetation on either side of the trail and venturing off-trail in search of waterfalls is not recommended.
Point of Interest: The beautifully rugged interior of the park.
Length:
14.50 miles
Round Trip
Difficulty:
Strenuous
Blaze:
Orange Square
http://ramblinghemlock.blogspot.com/
Surface: Natural surface, Gravel
Bearwallow Falls Trail
Location: Use the Grassy Ridge Access entrance off of Hwy 281 South, in Sapphire. This trail is accessible from the Bearwallow and White Pines Picnic areas, and via the Visitor Center Connector trail.
Description: This is a short, but strenuous trail to the Upper Bearwallow Falls observation deck.
Point of Interest: Upper Bearwallow Falls
Length:
1.00 miles
Round Trip
Difficulty:
Strenuous
Blaze:
Blue Triangle
RomanticAsheville.com Travel Guide
Surface: Gravel
Bearwallow Valley Trail
Location: Use the Grassy Ridge Access entrance off of Hwy 281 South, in Sapphire. This trail is accessible from the Bearwallow and White Pines Picnic areas, and via the Visitor Center Connector trail.
Description: This is a short but moderate trail to the Bearwallow Valley observation deck. Depending on the weather, great views of the park and Lake Jocassee are possible.
Point of Interest: Bearwallow Valley Observation Deck
Length:
1.00 miles
Round Trip
Difficulty:
Moderate
Blaze:
Red Triangle
RomanticAsheville.com Travel Guide
Surface: Natural surface
Canebrake Trail
Location: The trail head is located at the Frozen Creek Access in Rosman, NC on Frozen Creek Road.
Description: This trail follows the eastern boundary of the park from Frozen Creek Access to the Foothills Trail. It provides access to the non reservable primitive backpack sites along the Foothills Trail along the northern tip of Lake Jocassee at the Mouth of the Toxaway River.
Point of Interest: Primitive campsites and the long suspension bridge on Lake Jocassee.
Length:
10.40 miles
Round Trip
Difficulty:
Strenuous
Blaze:
Yellow Square
http://ramblinghemlock.blogspot.com/
Surface: Natural surface, Gravel
Foothills Trail
Location: The trailhead is located at the Frozen Creek access area in Rosman on Frozen Creek Road.
Description: The Foothills Trail is a 76-mile (122 km) National Recreation Trail trail in South and North Carolina, United States, for recreational hiking and backpacking. It extends from Table Rock State Park to Oconee State Park. It passes through the Andrew Pickens Ranger District of the Sumter National Forest, Ellicott Rock Wilderness, Whitewater Falls, and Lake Jocassee. The part of the trail in Gorges State Park travels through the southern back country before it wraps around Lake Jocassee and crosses a long suspension bridge to where primitive campsites are available.
Point of Interest:
Length:
6.70 miles
Round Trip
Difficulty:
Strenuous
Blaze:
White Slash
www.kadamsphoto.com
Surface: Natural surface
Contact:

Gorges State Park

976 Grassy Ridge Road
SapphireNC 28774
Phone(828) 966-9099
gorges@ncparks.gov, Caution: GPS directions in this area of the state are not reliable.
Latitude: 35.096000
Longitude: -82.951000

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